• Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago Debuts New Meeting Spaces and Menus

     
    POSTED April 30, 2018
     
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago Debuts New Meeting Spaces and Menus

     
    POSTED April 30, 2018
     
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago Debuts New Meeting Spaces and Menus

     
    POSTED April 30, 2018
     

If you haven’t hosted an event at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago recently, it’s time to give this River North hotel a second look. The 261-room property just added 1,700 square feet of new meeting and events space to the ground level adjacent Sable Kitchen & Bar.

The two new spaces, named Canvas and Upper Canvas, have abundant natural light, an outdoor patio and an open kitchen. Canvas can accommodate up to 70 guests at round; Upper Canvas can hold 30; and a seated dinner can take place in both spaces for up to 100. Standing receptions offer a bit more capacity, with room for up to 150 in both spaces. Come summer, the back and side patios are likely to be popular for private events, says Allison Shuldheiss, the hotel’s director of catering since January this year.

In addition to the new spaces, the hotel’s existing 2,400-square-foot ballroom and 1,500-square-foot foyer have been updated with new carpeting and wall coverings. But the most exciting news for meeting planners may be two new F&B-themed breakout experiences launching this spring:

1) The Live Like a Chef package (for breakout groups of five to 10 people) includes a morning shopping a local farmers market with Executive Chef Amber Lancaster, personalized chef jackets for each attendee, an afternoon interactive cooking demo, a specialty cocktail demonstration by Sable’s mixologist and a three-course meal.

2) The Cocktail Competition package (for larger groups of 25 to 150 guests) includes three cocktail demonstrations (and tastings, of course) by Sable’s mixologist followed by a cocktail-making competition for attendees.

“We pride ourselves on not being a hotel with simple or basic cuisine,” says Lancaster. “For our new banquet menus, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with options for unique, chef-driven culinary experiences.”

As such, in addition to these breakout packages, new catering menus at Kimpton Hotel Palomar offer engaging elements like a crepe station (French crepes served alongside Nutella, bananas, berries, honey and more) or a chef’s table option (buffet-style offerings inspired by produce from Chef Lancaster’s twice-weekly visits to Green City Market). She’s also been working with Chicago-based vendors, like The Great American Cheese Collection, to source high-quality ingredients made in the United States.

“I love to source local and work with farmers all over,” says Lancaster. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community.”

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

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